Pelosi suggests Republicans not acting on immigration because of race
April 10th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
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Pelosi suggests Republicans not acting on immigration because of race

Washington (CNN) – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested House Republicans were blocking action on immigration reform because of racial issues.

"I think race has something to do with the fact that they're not bringing up an immigration bill," Pelosi told reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday.

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Referring to GOP members, Pelosi added, "I've heard them say to the Irish, 'If it was just you, this would be easy.'"

Pelosi was responding to a question about Attorney General Eric Holder's remarks at a civil rights event suggesting congressional Republicans treated him and President Obama differently than others who have held their positions. The Democratic Leader sidestepped whether she believed race was a factor in the GOP's posture, but said of congressional Republicans, "generally speaking they are disrespectful to the representatives of the President's administration, very disrespectful."

Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, didn't directly respond to Pelosi citing race, but insisted the House isn't moving forward on immigration legislation because Republicans don't trust the President to carry out the laws in place now.

"The Speaker has said again and again he wants to address the broken immigration system. The problem right now is that we have too many examples of the President not enforcing current laws," Steel told CNN.

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  1. Dave

    It is hard to fathom Pelosi continuing to make such ignorant comments, making MILLIONS on insider trading and contact appointments (which are actually somehow legal for those in Congress), and still get reelected over and over and over again.

    April 10, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. MDL

    nothing wrong with immigration laws. they just need to be enforced properly.

    April 10, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, it must be said that the GOP's first priorities are for the wealthy. When Ann Coulter's most recent rant was an appeal to defend millionaires ( literally), this is not an appeal for a hand up, its an appeal to make sure that more wealth gets concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer people. What makes it worse is that the states that take the most from Washing ton and return the least are the ones where this defense of the wealthy is the strongest. Nancy Pelosi is not my first choice for a House leader, but she's a damn sight better than the Tan Man and his amazing rubber spine that bends at the first sign of rumbling from unelected leaders who answer to no one and yet make everyone answer to them. The fact that she incites such anger among the Right is a sign that she needs to stay in the game a while longer by pointing out the naked appeals to race when we talk about immigration.

    April 10, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    You can lead some blue dogs to water an by golly they drank it all .

    April 10, 2014 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. Tom l

    Tampa Tim,
    With your explanation of Waco I find it incredibly ironic that you blame Bush for 9/11. How do you handle the inconsistency? What does your playbook tell you to reply with?

    April 10, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. morrie

    @tony d. You do realize that the rich have all the money so they should pay more in taxes. You are wrong about the poor not paying taxes. There are propety taxes sales taxes gasoline taxes. Not to mention payroll taxes. If not taxes they are paying user fees. When the rich are given tax cuts it is an expendature costing the whole public more than they earn in a year. They will give the wealthy money back out of the Medicare and as trust fund.

    April 10, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Norma Vessels

    It really doesn't matter what you hard nosed Republicans say against our President, yes of of us, our President, the facts won't change. President Obama is not any of those things you enjoy saying he is. Our President will go into the History books as one of our greatest Presidents. It won't change, simply because you mimic all the lies that Fox news keeps bringing up over and over again. It won't change. Aren't you getting tired of the repetitious lies? How many times does it take to catch Fox news in a lie before you realize you're on the wrong side of history.

    April 10, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  8. tammy oklahoma

    Is she for real .Because of Race . How many times can the DEMS play that card . Old news GROW UP

    April 10, 2014 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  9. tammy oklahoma

    yea change it to tell it your way one mad DEM turning Turning REP .come on cnn get with the real news

    April 10, 2014 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  10. J.V.Hodgson

    It is not necessary for Pelosi to say race is involved.
    What she should be doing right now is look at the abject failure of Republicans to do anything in the house what is 54 failed attempts to repeal of Obamacare which you cannot repeal because its called PPACA, but I digress. Filibustering budgets for 3 years shutting down the government twice with disastrous consequences on the economy.
    failing on their 2010 promise of Jobs, jobs, jobs, no proposals and voting down all of democratic proposals including the American jobs act
    Then finally we have a budget proposal from Ryan same as 2012 basically that lost Romney his run because it crucifies the poor, increases taxes for the middle class cuts almost $14Bn p.a from snap. still wont vote on presidential APPOINTMENTS... WANTING 30 HOURS OF DEBATE THAT'S MORE HOURS THAN THEY WORK IN THIER NORMAL WORK WEEK.
    I suggest HR keeps the senate in session today and tomorrow for 30 hours including overnight and then puts it to a vote late Friday evening... as soon as enough of them go home put it to a vote. Childish games deserve childish well covered media wise responses to the No, do nothing, both houses of congress. There is no way any of them deserve re-election especially Tparty types.

    April 11, 2014 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  11. ED1

    You have got to be kidding me now you are playing the race card have you no shame to what you will do.

    Nancy time for you to go home just trying to divide the country again open mouth insert foot what a joke you are to the whole Country.

    April 11, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
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